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Batchelder, James Edwin


Age: 18, credited to Manchester, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 12/18/63, m/i 1/5/64, Pvt, Co. E, 5th VT INF, wdd, 5/12/64, m/o 9/22/64 to accept appointment as cadet at West Point; further service in 2nd US CAV; resgd 1871 [College: USMA 68]

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Birth: 11/12/1847, Highgate, VT
Death: 03/03/1888

Burial: Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, MT
Marker/Plot: A/183
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 60076166


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Guber Collection off-site
College?: NU 67
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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James E. Batchelder

CLASS OF 1867.


James E. Batchelder was born in Highgate, Vt., November 12, 1847, and died in Montana, March 3, 1888. He prepared for college under the tuition of his father and at the Episcopal Institution, Burlington, Vt.

He entered the University in 1862 and remained until December 18, 1863, when he enlisted in Co E, 5th Vermont Infantry; was wounded. May 12, 1864; was discharged, September 22, 1864, to accept an appointment to the United States Military Academy, at West Point. He graduated in June, 1868 and was commissioned a 2d lieutenant, 2d United States Cavalry, June 15, 1868; was promoted 1st lieutenant. May 4, 1870; served at Fort D. A. Russell, Washington; resigned his commission, December 4, 1871.

In December of the same year, he came to the University as professor of French, Descriptive Geometry, Drawing, and assistant professor of Military Science, which position he held until June 25, 1873. He was assistant engineer on railway construction in Montana until his death, which was caused by an explosion.

He was married in 1871, to Frances E. Cady, of Northfield, who died December 31, 1875. Two children were born to them: Leonard and Francis Gowdy

Source: Norwich University, 1819-1911; her history, her graduates, her roll of honor CHAPTER IV, Sketches of Alumni and Past Cadets, 1867-1911.

Webmaster's Note: Batchelder was originally buried at Fort Maginnis, Montana Territory, bur. Mar 6, 1905, in Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, Sec. A #183, see

Obituary contributed by Bob Hackett.